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Chafing masculinity: Heterosexual violence and young men’s shame
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3605-8664
2019 (English)In: Feminism and Psychology, ISSN 0959-3535, E-ISSN 1461-7161, Vol. 29, no 2, p. 286-302Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The role of shame in feminist activism has been debated lately, where scholars particularly have discussed whether shame could enable individuals with privileged positions, such as heterosexual men, to align with vulnerable groups or prevent them from political action. Drawing on written stories submitted to a feminist anti-violence campaign, this paper explores young men's shame of having been sexist or sexually violent. Through displaying shame, they distance themselves from problematic past violent or sexist actions, producing or reconstructing a respectable masculine subjectivity. In their narratives, the young men at times embrace and adopt a "chafing masculinity", that is, an uncomfortable and troubling heteromasculine position. Drawing on these narratives, the paper discusses how shame - by exposing heterosexual men's uncontrolled discomfort and helping men to unlearn privilege - may be a politically progressive emotion and contribute to pro-feminist politics.

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2019. Vol. 29, no 2, p. 286-302
Keywords [en]
affect, masculinity, feminism, sexual violence, shame, youth
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Gender Studies Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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Child and Youth Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-161431DOI: 10.1177/0959353518776341ISI: 000469005200009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-161431DiVA, id: diva2:1258550
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2014-0222Available from: 2018-10-25 Created: 2018-10-25 Last updated: 2019-06-24Bibliographically approved

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